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Victim stabbed in the neck as he took out rubbish bags from Folkestone home

PUBLISHED: 16:22 01 November 2017 | UPDATED: 16:22 01 November 2017

Gerard Keogh

Gerard Keogh

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Gerard Keogh, 36, was jailed for nine-and-a-half years after the attack

A thug has been jailed after stabbing a man who stepped out of his Folkestone home to take out the rubbish in the neck.

Gerard Keogh, 36 of no fixed address, carried out the knife attack as the victim returned to his front door on Thursday, March 16.

The court heard how Keogh’s victim was the relative of a woman he had been staying with in Folkestone. Keogh met the woman in Dublin on New Year’s Eve 2016 and had been invited to stay with her.

Earlier that day the pair had a disagreement and Keogh had made threats towards one of her friends.

As a result the woman had tried to get away from Keogh and had gone to visit family at a different address in Folkestone.

Later that day Keogh tracked her down to that house and without warning charged at the man, who had never met him before, as he was walking back to his front door.

The victim was terrified that Keogh would try to get in the house so he stepped in front of the gate in order to stop him.

The man was then punched in the face and stabbed in the neck by Keogh and then continuously punched and kicked after falling to the floor.

The neighbours heard the commotion and scared Keogh away, who broke the wing mirror of the victim’s car as he left.

Keogh was acquitted of attempted murder by a jury at Canterbury Crown Court in September, however he did admit to wounding with intent.

He also pleaded guilty to theft and criminal damage and was sentenced to nine-and-a-half years at the same court on Friday. He will serve an additional three years on licence upon his release.

Detective sergeant Lewis Tompsett said: “Keogh is clearly an extremely violent individual who attacked a man he didn’t even know with absolutely no hesitation. That man had to undergo surgery for his injuries.

“Victims should never be subjected to such a terrifying ordeal and should feel safe in their homes and towns.

“People should never have to live in fear of offenders like him who have the desire to carry out thoughtless and spontaneous acts of violence.

“We will continue to do everything possible to investigate violent crimes like this and seek justice for our victims.”

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